2nd Thought

Don’t Waste the Boom

DAN MCGRAW
Think whatever you will about the Barnett Shale natural gas boom – whether you’re getting eye-popping mailbox money or watching your neighborhood peace being sacrificed at the altar of greed – but Fort Worth h...


The Grass Is Always Taller …

Static
To some people, the front yard at Eastside activist Don Young’s house looks like an overgrown bunch of weeds badly in need of a lawnmower. But to Young and his wife, Debora, their yard looks just as it was intended –...



All the Fluff That Fits

TRACY EVERBACH
Perhaps you heard a few weeks ago that more than 100 journalists accepted buyout offers from The Dallas Morning News. Maybe you said, gee, that’s too bad, but I don’t think it’s going to affect me.


Governor Take All

DAVE McNEELY
The fractured nature of the race for Texas governor has some candidates for other offices a bit nervous and off-balance. Unless they are in strongly Republican or strongly Democratic districts, they worry whether voters will ma...



Bad for Your Health

DAN MCGRAW
When I talked to Fort Worth City Council member Kathleen Hicks a few weeks ago, she was ticking off a list of problems in her southeast Fort Worth district.


Bad Boys of Summer

DAN MCGRAW
It’s September and the Texas Rangers are once again circling the drain, so it must be time for my annual column on why this team never makes the playoffs. It’s not hard to figure out – owner Tom Hicks doesn...



The Manipulated Mob

E. R. BILLS
Goethe used to say that whenever he heard the word “democracy,” he reached for his revolver. When I was a younger idealist, I couldn’t understand that. It didn’t make sense.


Crispy City

DAN MCGRAW
When I moved into the Monticello neighborhood about five years ago, I asked one of my neighbors why there were no Fort Worth public pools on the near West Side. I was getting tired of driving my daughter all over town so she co...



A Matter of Life

JEANE GRISHAM
Two years ago, in August, 2004, the board of the John Peter Smith Hospital system took a step that set it apart from public hospitals in all other metropolitan Texas counties. Members of the League of Women Voters of Tarrant Co...


Parks in Peril

DAVE MCNEELY
Think of Texas’ current debate over park funding – or lack thereof – as a tale of feast and famine. With the stuffing and starving, however, going on at the same time.